So I had the posterior fusion of C6-C7 with instrumentation on 4/4/11. I had insturmental fixation with BMP, no graft needed to repair my non-union of C6-C7. I was 75% fused there and the micromovement was causing the neck pain I experienced. Through all of the research and stories I heard, I was leary of the pain I would feel after surgery. Well this has gone easier than the ACDF and the pain has been relatively tolerable, a couple days of significant discomfort but none in the last 5 days. I am 17 days out of surgery and I feel maybe about a discomfort of 2 out of 10, sometimes none at all. I have to be super careful for the next few weeks in what I do in terms of my arms not to tear the fascia, but the incision area and my muscles are only aching, not nerve pain, headaches numbness or anything that I have prior to surgery. The surgery went really well and I am now based on my Dr. visit yesterday very optimistic and confident I have the stability I need and that C6-C7 will fully fuse. I think its important we share good thought sometimes on this website, particularly when surgeries go well. I will see my Dr. again on the 18th of May where I will likely get the hard collar off, be able to drive and start physical therapy. I know the recovery process is slow and I will take the necessary time and not push it and work with it but the biggest thing right now is having a very manageable level of pain right now is awesome.